WEIRD NATURE

Could tapeworms prevent bowel disease in children?

By Ben Coxworth – – It may not be much to look at, but it could conceivably spare a child from colitis. (Credit: decade3d/Depositphotos). Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) isn’t good for anyone to have, but it’s particularly hard on children – it can …

This Weirdly Geometric Iceberg Is Freaking Us Out

  George Dvorsky – Image: NASA/IceBridge. Well here’s something you don’t see everyday: an iceberg so unbelievably geometric in shape you’d think it was deliberately carved with a gigantic chainsaw. Scientists have documented this sort of thing before, but this latest ‘berg, which …

Fish-catching praying mantis surprises scientists

  Ben Coxworth – The fish-eating praying mantis chows down on its catch (Credit: Rajesh Puttaswamaiah). Praying mantises may not actually pray, but they do prey heavily on their fellow insects, along with other small land animals. Now, however, for the first time, …

Trees That Refuse To Die!

Trees have been around for about a million years, and as you can see from these incredible pictures, there’s a good reason why they’ve survived for so long. Whether they’re growing in the middle of gale-force winds, on the tops of rocky platforms, …